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The Continuous Flame on the Altar and in Our Hearts

The Continuous Flame on the Altar and in Our Hearts

The altar in the Tabernacle was, of course, for burning the sacrifices, but the Torah commanded that the fire be kept burning constantly, night and day, regardless of whether or not there was a sacrifice to burn. The Jerusalem Talmud...

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Why Are the Details of the Tabernacle Repeated?

Why Are the Details of the Tabernacle Repeated?

After describing the instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle in great detail, the Torah then repeats these details, describing the same elements after the Tabernacle has been erected. Of course, the Tabernacle is the place for...

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The Tabernacle: Giving From the Heart

The Tabernacle: Giving From the Heart

The Torah describes how the Children of Israel brought so many voluntary offerings for the construction of the Tabernacle that Moses called a stop to donations. The people gave so enthusiastically that there was enough for the...

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The 39 Acts Forbidden on the Sabbath

The 39 Acts Forbidden on the Sabbath

After the instructions for the Tabernacle are given and right before the actual construction of the Tabernacle begins, Moses gives an incongruous message commanding the Jews to rest on Shabbat (Exodus 35:1-3). In no fewer than 12 places,...

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The Message of the Eternal Flame

The Message of the Eternal Flame

When God instructs the Children of Israel to make the menorah, He tells them to gather oil "for kindling lamps regularly" (Exodus 27:20). Rashi explains that the light was to be lit all night, every night, though not necessarily during...

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Why Was Aaron Chosen to be the High Preist?

Why Was Aaron Chosen to be the High Preist?

When Aaron and his sons were anointed in order to begin serving in the Tabernacle, it transformed their descendants for all time, establishing them as Kohanim (priests) and the only people to perform the Temple service.  It should be...

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